Friday, August 11, 2006

Jeremiah was a Bullfrog

A bullfrog that weighed over three pounds was taken into the Peru Republican Office to be shown to Omer Holman years ago. The bullfrog was described as longer than your leg when you were four weeks old. The frog was one of 40 that had been received from Louisiana to be used for breeding purposes in a frog pond-hatchery.
We have always teased my grandson Jeremiah by singing the song "Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.
Wonder what that frog's name was?
I never realized how noisy they were until I went camping at a friend's pond. They decided they would bbrrruuummmppp! all night long. I can't imagine being around 40 of the little critters all night long.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Heritage Days

Heritage Days will take place August 25,26,27, 2006 at the Miami Co. Fairgrounds. My favorite is the Living History Village where you can take a step back in time. You can see long rifles, Indians, basketweaving, pottery, and people working on a loom. They are dressed in period costume--some in military attire, women in their long dresses and bonnets, and a few coonskin caps. Try taking a picture when the words "Fire in the Hole" is shouted-- you watch--you know it is going to go boom!--but you still jump.
You can see Hawk throw, hear native American Drums, see a wooden flute maker, pioneers, wooden spoon peddler and you can even make a basket and take it home with you.
If you are starved after all of that--the Methodist Men will cook breakfast for you. The Miami County Historical Society is serving meals and sandwiches in the Dining Hall. That famous huge pot of beans will be cooking on an open fire. Ummm Good!! Be sure to mark the dates on your calendar.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Presbyterians in Park

The Presbyterian Church had worship service in the park this past Sunday.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Miami Co."Dry"

Yesterday we talked about that poor buzzard flying from saloon to saloon to get a drink. None were open---Here is why!
Rudolph Dender and John Collins, who have saloons, are angry because the farmers voted Miami county "dry" in the election Tuesday, and consequently they have removed the hitching racks at the sides of their saloons. These racks have been available to the farmers for many years and they will be missed. The public hitching rack around the courthouse square is not large enough to accomodate all the farmers, consequently many will have to pay for having their horses put in feed stables hereafter.
I know some farmers that made homebrew. Others made dandelion and elderberry wine. I don't think they were supposed to do that --do you?
Now I also know why there are no hitching posts left--the saloon keepers got even with the farmers.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Poor Old Thirsty Buzzard

I am not sure of when this happened but it had to have been during prohibition due to the saloons being closed.
The business section of Peru since Monday has had a stange visitor in the form of a full-grown buzzard. The bird is probably a tame-one escaped from a cage but so far its owner has not been found. It has attracted much attention..flying low through the mercantile section and perchings upon the buildings. Singularly enough-it has visited all the buildings that were formerly occupied by saloons and are now empty. Many attempts have been made by boys to catch the buzzard, but it is too sly to be caught. It does not appear to be scared at anything. No attempt has been made to kill it. The poor buzzard was probably singing"How dry I Am".